Deputy President William Ruto earned the wrath of a section of Kenyans on Sunday, September 6, after addressing a roadside rally in Machakos County.
Ruto was criticised for becoming the latest leader to flout Covid-19 regulations banning political gatherings.
He addressed a large crowd of hundreds of Machakos residents from atop his SUV.
Ruto addressed the rally after attending the Sunday service at the St. Paul's Anglican Church of Kenya (A.C.K) in Athi River, Machakos County.
Deputy President William Ruto addresses a congregation in Machakos on September 6, 2020
He was accompanied by leaders including former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama who had vowed to popularise Ruto's Presidential bid in the region.
Excited residents chanted his name and followed his motorcade after Ruto's speech.
The situation revived the debate on double-standards applied in the enforcement of Covid-19 regulations.
Other leaders who have come under fire for flouting the directive on gatherings are President Uhuru Kenyatta and Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.
Uhuru addressed crowds in Mukuru, Nairobi from atop his vehicle after commissioning health projects.
Kagwe, on the other hand, addressed crowds in Mombasa and Kericho during his tours to assess county preparedness.
Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has also been on the spot for flouting the directives.
His Kajiado home has hosted several leaders in recent months including former Presidential candidate Peter Kenneth, Jubilee Party Vice-Chair David Murathe and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga.
The endless political meetings raised unanswered questions on whether a different set of rules was being applied for the political elite.
Deputy President William Ruto pictured addressing a crowd in Machakos on September 6, 2020
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